Prior to ‘Wonderboy’ making the transition from kickboxing to MMA, the undefeated kickboxer trained at Tristar under coach Firas Zahabi, alongside the likes of UFC legend Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald, where he helped St-Pierre train for several bouts, including his scrap with Carlos Condit in 2014.
With the recent news of St-Pierre signing a new multi-fight contract with the UFC, and Thompson currently gearing up for his UFC 209 rematch with Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title, Thompson was asked about a potential GSP fight during an interview on Fight Society, to which he explained:
“I WOULD HATE [FIGHTING HIM]. I WOULD HATE THE DAY WHERE I WOULD HAVE TO STEP OUT THERE WITH A GUY WHO INSPIRED ME FIRST IN KICKBOXING TO [TRY] MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. HE WAS MY INSPIRATION,” THOMPSON TOLD THE FIGHT SOCIETY PODCAST. “HE’S A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. THAT WOULD BE A HARD ONE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU JUST EMOTIONALLY BECAUSE HE’S A GOOD BUD. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.
“YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THE UFC’S GOING TO BRING. OF COURSE, I KNOW WE’RE BOTH BUSINESSMEN AND PROFESSIONALS. IT’S KIND OF LIKE WITH RORY [MACDONALD], I’VE GOT A LITTLE BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH GEORGES THAN I DID WITH RORY. I DON’T KNOW. WE’LL JUST HAVE TO SEE. I WOULD NOT WANT TO JUST BECAUSE OF THE RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE BUT IT IS BUSINESS.”“FOR ME IT IS ABOUT FIGHTING THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND PROVING THAT I AM THE BEST FIGHTER, NOT ONLY TO THE WORLD BUT TO MYSELF,” THOMPSON SAID. “I’VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE I WAS THREE YEARS OLD AND THIS IS WHO I AM. THIS IS MY LIFE AND I WANT TO BE THE BEST. I DO IT FOR THE HONOR AND THE GLORY AND IT’S NOT ABOUT THAT BIG PAYCHECK.”
Only time will tell who St-Pierre’s first opponent will be, however the current odds are predicting that UFC middleweight Michael Bisping will welcome GSP back to the cage.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/25/2017.